The Fixer

The Fixer

Book - 2004
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In Tsarist Russia, Yakov is accused of a ritual murder he did not commit.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
ISBN: 9780374529383
Branch Call Number: FICTION MALAMUD
Characteristics: xi, 335 p. ; 21 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 15, 2014

I've been reading a lot of post-war Jewish-American authors (Bellow, Mailer, Roth) and hadn't really been all that impressed with Malamud until this book, which won both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award. It is so much better and more powerful than his other books that it almost feels like the work of another writer. Set in Russia in the early 1900s, it's the story of a poor Jewish handyman (a fixer) whose wife has left him so he ventures to Kiev, where he finds work but is soon falsely accused of a vicious murder and imprisoned. The situation is a little like Kafka, but rooted in the brutality of history and the virulent anti-Semitism of the period. Malamud creates enormous sympathy for his unfortunate protagonist as well as stirring up anger at the staggering injustice. It's one of the most moving and harrowing books I've ever read about Jewish identity and anti-Semitism.

May 02, 2011

I loved this book - the story was fascinating as well as infuriating. The injustice described is horrifying, but the the main character is absolutely inspiring and courageous.

Dec 06, 2010

1967 National Book Award - Fiction


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at ELPL

To Top